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DUI penalties reform

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Our state is now taking new measure to crack down on drunk drivers. Washington state legislature voted unanimously to pass reforms to make DUI offenders pay for their actions.

Police can now administer breath tests on drunk drivers without their consent. Many with previous DUI's have breathalyzers in their cars preventing it from starting without a clean alcohol level. Offenders try to beat the system by having others do it for them. It's prompted this newly passed bill to require cameras installed in their car to monitor behavior. Kennewick Police Officer Craig Hanson is familiar with people committing these actions.

"What's happening is you've got somebody who's not even driving blowing into it, fooling the system, bypassing the intent, and then they drive off," said Hanson. 

The DUI offenders will be required to pay for all the devices installation. Additionally, all felony DUI sentences will now be kept as public record.

Drunk drivers kill more people in Washington than all other criminals combined. These reforms hope to change those numbers.

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